RMT announces NEW wave of 48-hour winter walkouts on the rails

Railway workers are to stage a series of 48-hour strikes in December and January in the long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

More than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will strike on December 13, 14, 16 and 17 and on January 3, 4, 6 and 7.

There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from December 18 until January 2, meaning RMT be taking industrial action for four weeks.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch, announcing the latest round of strikes, says the action aims to demonstrate ‘how important our members are to the running of this country’ and send a ‘clear message’ that workers want a ‘good deal’ on job security, wages and working conditions.

Rail workers are joining thousands of civil servants, postmen and nurses in planned walkouts this winter. Banks and supermarkets are facing a festive cash crisis as 1,200 G4S security staff became the latest workers to strike.


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